I’m normally not a big fan of cheese, but there are a few types, which I really like and crave occasionally. Halloumi is one of them. I usually buy some in steak-like pieces and grill or roast them in a pan. This time I had another idea of cutting them up in bite-sized pieces and stir-fry together with asparagus and cherry tomatoes. It turned out to be a successful experiment and even ranked up to my top ten weekday menus.
It’s a very quick and easy dish and I love the contrast of colors the ingredients bring together. How the food looks often gives me a certain expectation on its taste and I must say this was a really satisfying one.
To balance out the intensive savory flavor of this pan-fried Halloumi, I serve it with warm cooked soft jasmine rice and again I was able to enjoy and appreciate the concept of Umami. :)
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do and happy Meatless Monday tomorrow!
Pan-Fried Halloumi with Asparagus
A quick, easy and nutritious weeknight meal + Let's experience umami!
- 200 g (7 oz) Halloumi
- 10 asparagus stems
- 1 handful cherry tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- salt to taste
- Chop garlic into fine pieces.
- Cut Halloumi into bite-sized pieces.
- Peel off the hard part of asparagus stems and cut them into one-inch-long pieces.
- Add cooking oil in the pan and turn on medium-high heat.
- When the oil becomes hot, add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant (~15 seconds).
- Add Halloumi to the pan and stir-fry until they become a bit crispy on the outside.
- Then add asparagus and cherry tomatoes, including the rest of the ingredients and stir-fry quickly to mix everything well (~1-2 min).
- Turn off the heat and ready to serve.
- Serve together with warm cooked jasmine rice
Afternoon guys! Hope you are having a relaxing Sunday. It’s very warm here and I guess I could freshen up my day with this colorful summer salad.
If you remember my last post, Lime + Mint Summer Drink, you’ll notice that I am still sticking with two ingredients, mint and lime. I am so in love with this combination of flavors and it fits really really well for your summer appetite.
Here are the fresh ingredients I picked up from the farmers’ market. As I was uploading this photo I just realized that I forgot to put the strawberries on the table. ;-P Never mind! As long as I won’t forget to add them in the salad, everything is ok. And oh, you probably need some more salad greens too.
To begin with, you just have to saute the chanterelles and asparagus.Then make the dressing, throw in the rest of the ingredients fresh, mix everything together and voilà – An irresistible bowl of salad is staring right at you. Just go ahead and dig in!
As you see, the biggest bowl I have at home is almost too small for it, but somehow this giant portion managed to disappear very quickly… :)
Summer Salad with Mint-Lime Dressing
Healthy salad with fresh summer ingredients - vegan, gluten-free and full of vitamins
- 2 teaspoons cooking oil
- A handful of chanterelle mushrooms
- 5 stems of asparagus
- 10-12 cherry tomatoes
- 1 avocado
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- A handful of fresh strawberries
- A handful of rocket salad
- 3 handfuls of salad greens
- --- for dressing ---
- 1 tablespoon salad oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 3 tablespoons mint leaves, finely chopped
- salt to taste
- Coat the pan with cooking oil and put it on high heat
- Cut the chanterelle mushrooms and asparagus into bite-size pieces, saute until cooked and set aside
- Combine all the ingredients for the dressing together and stir to mix well
- Peel and cut the avocado in half, remove the seed and cut each half into 3 equal pieces (lengthwise)
- Make all other fresh vegetable into bite-size pieces and put them into a salad bowl with sauteed chaterelles and asparagus
- Pour in the dressing and mix it well with the vegetable
- Top the salad bowl with strawberries and avocado slices
- I used red-leaf lettuce as salad greens. Other types of salad greens are ok too.
- You can use any type of salad oil as you prefer. (Salad oil is the type of oil you put in salad and not the one used for frying.)